Ashwin
Ashwin

Ashwin Names Best Keeper: Ravichandran Ashwin has picked the third-most wickets for India in Test cricket. He surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 wickets while playing against New Zealand. Ashwin made his Test debut when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain and wicketkeeper of the Indian cricket team.

Ashwin Names Best Keeper

In a recent Q/A session on his Youtube channel, a fan asked Ashwin to pick the best keeper versus spin-bowling between India’s Dhoni, Saha, and Karthik.

On a video named ’40 shades of Ash’, the spinner answered the big question by saying, “Dhoni, Saha, and DK – in that order, you can take the answer. It is very difficult to separate them behind the stumps. I’ve played a lot of cricket with Dinesh in Tamil Nadu. But if I’ve to pick one.. I think some really really tough dismissals have been made look easy just the man behind the stumps (MS Dhoni),” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

Ashwin MS Dhoni
Ashwin with MS Dhoni

Although Wriddhiman Saha is also quite good against spin behind the stumps, it is the incredibly quick hands of Dhoni that give him a definite edge. In addition to a smart cricketing brain, Dhoni takes the cake in most cases, as per Ashwin.

“There’s this one dismissal of Ed Cowan in Chennai on Day 1 where he steps out and gets stump. The ball didn’t turn but it bounced, and MS Dhoni collected the ball. I’ve hardly seen him miss anything, be it stumping or run-out catches. He’s one of the most exceptional keepers against spin. Saha is not far behind either,” Ashwin added.

Over the course of their careers, Karthik and Saha have gained great reputations as keepers but Dhoni is on a different level when it comes to wicket-keeping.

Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020 but continues to play in the Indian Premier League. Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant, meanwhile, are a part of the Indian team for the upcoming Test tour of South Africa. Dinesh Karthik is currently not a part of the international setup, having last appeared for India in 2019.